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Weekly Update for September 19: Women Centric, Directed and Written Films Playing Near You

Weekly Update for September 19: Women Centric, Directed and Written Films Playing Near You

Films About Women Opening


Based on a true story, Tracks is the first film (Wild will be the second) to come out this fall about a woman who takes a solitary journey for reflection and self-discovery. Writer Robyn Davidson (played to perfection by Mia Wasikowska) likes solitude. She decides to trek 2,000 miles across the Australian desert. With a dog and four camels as her companions, she realizes that she has to trust other humans to accomplish her feat. Tracks is a gorgeous, moving film that leaves one thinking about fortitude and the depths of what a single individual can accomplish. (Melissa Silverstein)

Fort Bliss – Written and Directed by Claudia Meyers 

There are many films about the harrowing experiences of war, but not nearly enough about women soldiers — especially women with families. Returning home after serving her tour in Afghanistan as a combat medic, divorced single mother Maggie Swann (Michelle Monaghan) expects a loving welcome from her five-year-old son, but finds him cold and distant. Now, Maggie has no choice but to fight on a different, emotional battlefront, struggling to re-adapt to the domestic life she left behind while remembering what it means to be a mother. Under writer-director Claudia Myers’s keen eye and deft hand, Fort Bliss is a much-needed illumination of the many difficulties facing women in the military: PTSD, sexual assault, and the gendered stigma of reenlistment, while also serving as a heartfelt story of the trials, joys, and instincts of motherhood. (Kelcie Mattson)

Read Women and Hollywood’s interview with Fort Bliss director Claudia Meyers.

The Scribbler 

Suki (Katie Cassidy) is a young woman confronting her destructive mental illness using “The Siamese Burn,” an experimental machine designed to eliminate multiple personalities. The closer Suki comes to being “cured,” she’s haunted by a thought: What if the last unwanted identity turns out to be her? (Press materials) Films About Women Currently Playing

Born to Fly (doc) – Directed by Catherine Gund
Archaeology of a Woman – Directed by Sharon Greytak
No Good Deed – Written by Aimee Lagos
Altina (Opens in LA)
At the Devil’s Door 
Before I Go To Sleep
Rocks in My Pockets – Written and Directed by Signe Baumane
Kelly & Cal – Directed by Jen McGowan; Written by Amy Lowe Starbin 
The Congress
Last Weekend
If I Stay
Abuse of Weakness – Written and Directed by Catharine Breillat
A Five Star Life – Directed by Maria Sole Tognazzi; Co-Written by Francesca Marciano and Maria Sole Tognazzi
Tammy – Co-Written by Melissa McCarthy
The Fault in Our Stars 
Maleficent – Written by Linda Woolverton

Films Directed by Women Opening

Art and Craft (doc) – Co-Directed by Jennifer Grausman 

Mark Landis has been called one of the most prolific art forgers in US history. His impressive body of work spans thirty years, covering multiple styles and periods. And while the copies could fetch impressive sums on the open market, Landis isn’t in it for money, but instead donates his fakes to museums across the country. When Matthew Leininger, a tenacious registrar in Cincinnati, discovers the ruse and organizes an exhibition of the work, Landis must confront his legacy and a chorus of museum professionals clamoring for him to stop. (Press materials)

Read Women and Hollywood’s interview with Art and Craft director Jennifer Grausman.

Swim Little Fish Swim – Co-Directed by Lola Bessis

Full of art, music and everyday magic, Swim Little Fish Swim is a dreamlike journey from childhood to adulthood depicting three intertwined characters at turning points in their lives. Swim Little Fish Swim focuses on the domestic life of Leeward and Mary (Dustin Guy Defa and Brooke Bloom), a young married couple at a crossroads. Mary is a hardworking nurse determined to turn the couple’s lives around, while Leeward is a struggling musician who fancies himself a misunderstood artist and New Age visionary. Enter Lilas (Lola Bessis), a 19-year-old French artist trying to make it in New York and escape the shadow of her famous painter mother. When the bubbly young woman moves into the couple’s tiny Chinatown apartment, their already fragile balance is upset even further. (Press materials)

Films Directed by Women Currently Playing

Honeymoon – Written and Directed by Leigh Janiak 
I Am Eleven (doc) – Directed by Genevieve Bailey
Fort McCoy – Written and Directed by Kate Connor
Land Ho! – Co-Directed by Martha Stephens
Step Up All In – Directed by Trish Sie
The Last Days in Vietnam (doc) – Directed by Rory Kennedy

 Films Written by Women Currently Playing

Guardians of the Galaxy – Co-Written by Nicole Perlman
Sex Tape – Co-Written by Kate Angelo
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – Co-Written by Amanda Silver 


The Calling
Fort McCoy
Very Good Girls
We Are The Best! 

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